Brahma

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Pros: Big placid birds, beautiful,

Cons: Diggers

If I were starting my flock over, I'd consider having all Brahmas. I just love these birds. They are beautiful, calm and peaceful and have been good layers for me. I love that they are big girls, and their feathered feet. Mine are big diggers and like to spend afternoons wallowing in dust baths. They are a delight.

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Pros: Gentle, lovey, wants you to hold her

Cons: Sometimes her fluffy feet get dirty. A small price to pay to look fancy everyday!

We thought she was a HE, and named her Tyrell because of her ghetto-fabulous feet!  The name stuck.  Tyrell is our little gentle giant.  I brought her in the house yesterday and fed her peanuts on the couch!!!  She runs and you just have to laugh, those thundering thighs...  She was in the White Leghorn bin at TSC when she was a chick, and I picked her out because I saw a bit of black on one wing.  What a delightful surprise!  I wish I had 10 more just like her.  I found an egg in the coop that was GIGANTIC, and I think it must be hers.  She thinks she's a dog, and I just love her.

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Pros: Wonderful temperment, good layers, winter & summer hardy, love the larger size, camoflaged well.

Cons: Pretty much stopped laying during first winter. Went from 8 eggs a day to lucky to get 1. But they were molting, so, it was expected.

5/23/14: I LOVE my dark brahma's! I would like to get some blues, but probably never going to happen, at least in my area. They're the first breed of chicken that I bought. I've owned them for just over a year (they were hatched the end of March 2013), they're the only breed I've ever owned, & probably the only breed I ever will own. I've had such great luck with them. 15 hens came from Mt. Healthy hatchery. I didn't get any accidental roosters, so I found a breeder & bought 2 young roosters & 1 more hen. I did loose 1 hen this past January, not really sure why, but everyone else is still doing great. With 15 hens I'm getting about 5 & 1/2 dozen eggs a week. Nothing to complain about there! The 2 roosters grew up together, & don't fight at all, plus they've never attempted to go after me. They're all very well tempered. Only complaint is that the roosters do have a couple of favorite hens that have some bald spots. They did very will this past summer when temps were over 100, & the only ones that didn't do well this past winter when temps were down to 20's below 0 were the roosters .... I did have to bag balm their combs & wattles. Was bummed when egg count went from 8 a day down to me being thrilled when I got 1 a day over winter ..... but it was a very hard winter & they were all molting, so I can't hate them for that! It's nature.

 

10/8/2014: I bought 9 more dark brahma chicks this year! Hatched in early April. 1 ended up being an accidental rooster. Go figure - I want one, don't get one - don't want one, get one. I also hatched out 5 of my chickens eggs in July when I couldn't break a hen from being broody (2 hens went broody for the first time this year). I kept the 2 pullets & re-homed the 3 roosters. Then I lost  my favorite hen when a horse stepped on her, & another hen died from fly-strike. So now I'm up to 23 hens & 3 roosters. Plan on getting some blues still. I'm surprised they don't eat a whole heck of a lot, but then again, mine free range during the day. They're excellent foragers. The 2 pullets that I hatched out are actually better foragers than the hens I got from the hatchery. I think that's because their "mother" was around & showed them how to do it at an early age. I will have to check & see how much feed they go through to give everyone a good idea.

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Pros: Calm, friendly, good layer

Cons: I have nothing but good to say about my Brahmas

I love my Brahmas. They are large, fluffy, friendly birds who lay well and get along with all my hens of six other breeds. They don't pick on the bantams, but even though they are the largest birds, they aren't at the top of the pecking order (the Red Sex-Links are) because they are so docile. Absolutely wonderful hens. I plan to get more of them in the future!

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Pros: docile, quiet, cold weather layer

Cons: late maturation/layers, high feed consumption

Wonderful docile bird and easy to handle. They are late to mature and do not begin to lay until 23+ weeks. They make little noise and don't scratch too much. My rooster hardly ever crows, and they free range well. The only con could be is having feather footed bird and keeping a coop and run clean and dry is a must. I did have a bird lose a toenail and am having a hard time keeping it clean because the feathers hold the poo and any other mud or debris. The hens combs' are nice and small, and didn't get frost bitten this year (with exception of my rooster and a very small noticeable spot now healed) . Their overall docile demeanor makes for an excellent starter flock. I will be trying a different breed this year with a higher production rate faster maturation and smaller feed consumption. My brahmas continued to lay well through the cold Maine winter months.

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Pros: Big, Gorgeous Birds that are Super Friendly!

Cons: Dig and Dust bathe a lot......they love it! But....that is a CHICKEN THING....not just the Brahmas!

I got into Brahmas by accident.  I went on vacation last year and left 8 Maraduna Bosque Hen eggs for a friend to hatch for me.  When I returned from vacation she told me that I had 4 beautiful little yellow babies to pick up.  So, I went to pick them up and she hands me the box with 5 chicks.  I look at her like......huh? Five instead of four?  She said she had done a hatch of Buff Laced Brahmas at the same time and had 1 hatch out.....so she thought she would be able to tell the difference......LOL.....neither of us could figure out which one was the Brahma.....so she just said Merry Christmas!  I brought the chicks home and it didn't take very long before I could tell which one she was (yes it was a hen).  So I named her Holly.  Holly grew up to be one of the most gorgeous hens I had ever laid my eyes on.  So, I called my friend and told her I needed to get a roo and another hen to keep Holly company.  That's what started my Brahma addiction and it hasn't let up since.  They literally let me pick them up in the middle of the pasture like a puppy dog.  They follow me everywhere and they started laying at 6 ,months old.  Nice big eggs!  They are named  Buddy, Holly and Ginger.  And, yes I've been back for more since then!  Several colors going on now....LOL

 

"Buddy"

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Pros: gentle giant, huge eggs

Cons: not the best egg layer

My brahma  is sweet and still lays an egg 3-4 days.

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Pros: smart, friendly, beautiful

Cons: roos can be aggressive

these are my first set of chickens and i wouldnt change it for the world!! they are very smart chickens ..... dig a lot but it is so cute when they do!! love to dust its like their favorite thing to do... and they are very excepting of other chickens!!! great beginner birds!!!

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Pros: Gentle, good layers, and all around BEAUTIFUL

Cons: Sorta skiddish

My Brahma Hen is so beautiful, although she is skiddish. In the afternoon she is okay with me holding her but during the day, no deal. I just got her about a week ago so I know she is not EXTREMELY used to me, so i can just wait a little and I bet I could hold her anytime of the day. Brahma's are a medium size, and compared to my precious Bantam, Autumn and the rooster Popeye, she is pretty heavy, but if you are looking for a pretty, dual purpose, medium-heavy bird, I suggest the Brahma

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Pros: Big, beautiful birds, pretty feathery feet

I have two light Brahmas, The Taichou Twins (Taichou means "Captain" in Japanese) and they are the bosses of the flock. They are firm but fair. They are large, larger than the Orpington, EE, and Australorps, but don't throw their weight around. They are impossible to tell the difference between, so I just call them The Twins. They are the most bold and inquisitive of them all, and are the leaders when they free range. One got out of the brooder when they were young, probably just for some adventure. They are docile, but not keen on being picked up. I got them when they were 4 weeks old, so they had no human interaction before then, so I can't really blame them. But they are first to come up to you for treats. They both seem to be the most intelligent of the flock. They will be the last to start laying, but it's easy to be patient with such nice birds. Sometimes their feathered feet can get a bit mucky, but once they dry out and run around a bit, they are clean again. Beautiful white plumage with interesting black collar and tails. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

Brahma
Description:

The Brahma is an Asiatic breed of chicken. The first Brahmas were brought to the United States in 1846 from China. The earliest male imports to the USA weighed around 14 pounds. They were used as a utility fowl for both their meat and eggs. Today Brahmas are mainly kept for ornamental purposes.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombPea
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesLight, Buff, Dark, Gold, Black, White, Blue, and Blue Columbian.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAsiatic
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Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Pea
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Light, Buff, Dark, Gold, Black, White, Blue,and Blue Columbian.

Breed Details:

I started breeding the standard Light Brahmas in spring of 2008. The Brahmas are a very friendly, docile breed. Neither one of my roosters have ever been aggressive with me. The hens are good layers of large brown eggs. So far, the Brahma chicks have been very easy to hatch, brood, and raise. This breed does very well in cold and hot weather. At around 7 weeks of age you can start to guess the genders of the chicks. At around 12 or so weeks of age you should know for sure the sexes of your chicks. The hens usually start laying around 5 months of age. My hens usually lay every other day.

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